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NACCE Announces Winning Colleges of National Entrepreneurship Competition

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, announced the winners of a national competition for entrepreneurial excellence among its member colleges. Madisonville Community College (MCC) was among five community colleges from throughout the country to receive the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge College of Excellence Award. Dozens of colleges submitted nominations to the inaugural competition.

 Pictured are MCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox, MCC Business Administration Professor Kim Simons, and MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley.

The other four winning colleges of NACCE’s 2017 College of Excellence Award are:

  • College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
  • South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ
  • Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH

The award was announced during the NACCE Presidents’ and Chancellors’ Breakfast at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention on April 24. In addition to being recognized at the conference, Madisonville Community College will receive: a feature article in NACCE’s quarterly journal, Community College Entrepreneurship; be highlighted as an innovator on NACCE’s social media platforms; and be identified as a subject-matter expert for future articles, speaking events, and other venues. The five winners were culled from a list of 14 semifinalists. Participants in the competition had to be current Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge participants. A panel of non-NACCE board members and non-participating college presidents selected the winners.

“The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge serves as the foundation for entrepreneurial leadership in our member colleges,” said Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., president and CEO of NACCE. “If you are doing innovative work, you deserve to be recognized and share what you are doing as part of our best-practice examples on a national level. This is the essence of the College of Excellence Award.”


In 2011, NACCE initiated the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) to ignite positive change across campuses and in the classroom. In early 2017, NACCE launched a competition for NACCE member colleges that have signed the PFEP, inviting them to self-nominate as a college of excellence in one of the PFEP’s five steps to advance entrepreneurship in their communities. The five steps are:

  • Create or expand internal & external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship
  • Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges
  • Engage in industry cluster development
  • Leverage both community college and community assets to spur innovation and job creation
  • Create “buzz” and broad exposure of your college’s commitment to entrepreneurship


The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: to empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and to grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE has over 330 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 3.3 million students.

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